Tamil Nadu latest news- Jayalalithaa’s friend VK Sasikala wins the war from prison cell
Chennai: As predicted by ViewsHeadlines, Edappadi Palaniswami has finally won the trust vote in the Tamil Nadu assembly. Though the Tamil Nadu assembly floor test came after fistfights, abuses, attack on the speaker and throwing out of DMK members from assembly, it all was engineered by the DMK and its working president Stalin.
They were demanding a secret ballot and when the speaker refused, they attacked him and destroyed his table and all the files kept there.
Reports suggest that the DMK legislators were provoked by their leadership to go wild and they destroyed speaker’s chair and mike during ruckus in Assembly.
It is surprising as to why the DMK and O Panneerselvam were demanding secret ballot in the assembly when the speaker was going by the book and getting things done in more democratic and transparent manner.
No one had any doubt that the AIADMK faction led by Sasikala Natarajan, enjoys complete majority in the house. The demand for secret voting was made only to prompt cross voting by the ruling members. It is no secret that every effort was made to engineer defection in the Sasikala led faction of the AIADMK. Many of the MLAs were threatened of bad consequences if they didn’t defect. Nonetheless, the MLAs remained loyal to Sasikala till the very last moment.
It is the first time in close to three decades that floor test was conducted. Of the AIADMK’s official strength of 134, there were 11 dissidents including former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. On Friday, former Chennai Police Commissioner R. Natraj, the AIADMK’s Mylapore constituency MLA, decided to throw in his lot with Mr. Panneerselvam.
Nonetheless, the AIADMK whip S. Rajendiran issued a directive to all party MLAs to attend the Assembly and vote in favour of the motion. The need for moving a confidence motion arose after a group of MLAs declared support to Mr. Panneerselvam, who now heads the rebel AIADMK.
After the trust vote was won after the eviction of DMK members from the house, AIADMK RS floor leader Navaneethakrishnan told media that Sasikala’s vow has been fulfilled. At around 3.23 p.m the Speaker declared that Palaniswami had won the motion with 122 votes.
Surprisingly, Congress party’s 8 members had walked out of the house before trust vote. Congress Legislature Party Leader K.R. Ramasamy told the media after walking out of assembly that “We came to the Assembly today to exercise our democratic duty. But the incidents in the Assembly raise doubts if democracy prevails in the Assembly…“We placed two demands, one was to adjourn the House and hold a voting after four days. Second was to allow for a secret voting. But the Speaker refused to accept both…We placed those demands as the MLAs of the Sasikala faction were confined to one place for a week and then brought here. This would not lead to a free and conducive atmosphere for voting”.
He went on to add, “Speaker forcibly ordered the eviction of DMK MLAs. Around 2.30 p.m. police came inside and removed the DMK MLAs. The shirts of the DMK MLAs were torn. Many MLAs sustained bleeding injuries. We went to the House to question why the DMK MLAs were attacked by the police.”